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Opinion: Australia gets elderly housing wrong

A government reimbursement scheme for home retrofits and more assistance for people planning their housing for later in life were amongst the key recommendations from a new report on older Australians and their homes.

The report, The Head, the Heart & the House, released by think tank Per Capita, also recommended that government invest in research surrounding the implementation and promotion of technological innovations and that wealthier Australians contribute more to their own care through the use of home equity.

“Homes are bricks and mortar and more,” Per Capita principal research fellow Emily Millane stated in the report. “What they are and what they represent is not sufficiently captured by the labels ‘primary residence’ or ‘owner-occupied dwellings’. It is only when we understand this that we can develop policies around housing for later life. We … need a policy mix that adapts the current housing stock to longer lives while also developing new housing, particularly for the vulnerable aged.”

Millane spoke to Aged Care Insite about the recommendations within the report and the underlying issues surrounding older Australians and housing.

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